Sexual Harassment Within The Classroom Essay

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Students, no matter their age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status, will unfortunately experience some kind of trauma while attending school. One of the most prevalent experiences of trauma among students is sexual harassment that occurs at school. The National Traumatic Child Stress Network (NCTSN) defines sexual harassment as sexual abuse not involving contact which includes acts such as “genital exposure (‘flashing’), verbal pressure for sex, and sexual exploitation for purposes of prostitution or pornography.” Due to the nature of this kind of trauma, schools need to provide at school resources for students experiencing trauma as a result of sexual harassment. This paper will look at data about sexual harassment in schools, the emotional toll of this kind of trauma on students, what schools should do to promote coping with trauma within the classroom, and will conclude with why this issue is so important to me.
In 2011, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) put out a study titled Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment, a report analyzing data collected from students who were in middle and high school during the 2010-2011 school year about their experiences with sexual harassment at school. The study shows that sexual harassment occurs no matter the gender, age, race, and socioeconomic status. According to the study, middle and high school girls experienced more sexual harassment than boys (56 percent vs. 40 percent). The results of the study state that…

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